This morning in worship with Redeemer, we focused on Acts 2:42-47, the beautiful description of the fellowship of the Early Church:
They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
As an illustration of the communal nature of our faith, we changed all of the lyrics of our worship songs this morning. Instead of I/me/my/mine language, we used we/us/our/ours language. (I should note that this was Mike King's idea... He led worship in our staff chapel last Tuesday and did this very thing.)
Some examples:Light of the world, You stepped down into darkness
Opened our eyes, let us see
Beauty that made these hearts adore You
Hope of our lives spent with You
Awkward? Yes. After singing that song's original lyrics about a bazillion times, it was really hard to sing the "new" lyrics. But there was a sweetness to it. I loved singing together, as a family of faith:Open the eyes of our heart, Lord… We want to see You…
We will sing to and worship the King who is worthy… You’re our Prince of Peace, and we will live our lives for You…
Rise up within us, Living Water, Spirit of God in us… You are welcome in this place…
And in the times when I would trip over the words, it only served as a reminder to me that it’s not always easy to do life together. But it’s worth it.